Italian community legend is Drummoyne’s Woman of the Year

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Drummoyne MP John Sidoti present Luisa Perugini with her award as Drummoyne Woman of the Year for 2018.

ONE of the local Italian speaking community’s most respected media personalities has been named Drummoyne Woman of the Year for 2018.

Luisa Perugini from SBS Radio’s Italian Language Program this week received the award from Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Drummoyne MP John Sidoti who described her as remarkable.

“Luisa is a remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to working in news and current affairs,” Mr Sidoti said.

“Her commitment to bringing positive change to the Drummoyne electorate through her contribution to the Italian community made her an outstanding candidate.”

She is also highly regarded in Ryde’s Italian speaking community and is a strong supporter of the Italian Bilingual School in Meadowbank.

“Luisa has worked tirelessly to contribute to the Italian community and ensures that Italian migrants maintain their connections to their language and cultural heritage through radio and various media,” Mr Sidoti said.

“For those living in my electorate migrated from Italy to Australia, it was particularly difficult to feel a sense of inclusion.

“Luisa’s work in the community has meant that Italians could maintain their ties to their homeland while building a new and rich life and participating in our society.”

The Weekly Times Hunters Hill correspondent Greg Turner is a former SBS Radio journalist who worked with Ms Perugini for almost a decade.

“The highlight of working with Luisa was SBS Radio’s coverage of the Australian Tour of Pope John Paul II in November and December of 1986 and Luisa’s tremendous effort to report on the Popes entire Sydney tour on behalf of her listeners,” he said.

“Luisa is delightful to work with and I enjoy meeting her at Italian community functions to this day.”